Gold up for fourth straight session on North Korea tensions

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Geopolitical tension persisted after a North Korean army commander said "sound dialogue is not possible" with U.S. President DonaldTrump and "only absolute force can work on him", according to state media.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 35 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,438, its biggest drop since mid-May.

The dollar held steady at 110.02 yen, having pulled up from Wednesday's low of 109.56 yen, its lowest level since June 15.

Chinese stocks seemed little affected though, and Australian stocks rose Wednesday after a weaker Tuesday amid strong earnings reports from big banks.

Simmering tensions with North Korea were also weighing on the market in early trading Thursday.

North Korea Threat: US, Japanese troops prepare for war
The THAAD systems stations in South Korea could track the launch of the missiles, but are unlikely to be able to shoot them down. The positions of warships are kept secret, but the USA and Japan could reposition its forces to defend the ocean close to Guam.

Investors are losing enthusiasm for Canada's banking stocks as a slowdown in the country's housing market dents banks' growth prospects, with insurance companies seen as a better bet to benefit from higher interest rates.

That left the Dow Jones unable to hit its 10th straight record high, and saw the index close marginally lower, while the S&P 500 and the tech heavy Nasdaq lost about 0.2 per cent each.

USA crude was unchanged at $48.59 per barrel and Brent was last at $51.84, down 1.63 percent on the day.

Trump said on Thursday that threat earlier this week to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang if it launched an attack may not have been tough enough, triggering fresh selling in global financial markets. That prompted North Korea to say it was considering firing missiles at Guam, a USA -held Pacific island.

He added, "I will tell you this, North Korea better get their act together or they're going to be in trouble like few nations ever have been in trouble in this world".

North Korea tension hits market as traders seek safety
Toyota Motor shares fell 1.6%, Honda Motor shares fell 1.2%, TDK Corp. shares lost 2% and Advantest Corp. shares were down 2.6%. Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE 6-to-1; on Nasdaq, a 3.60-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

Gold prices held steady after touching their highest in more than two months on Friday and were on track for a weekly gain, buoyed as rising tension between the USA and North Korea triggered safe-haven buying. Some of London's worst performers such as BT Group (down 4.2%), Rio Tinto (down 3.2%), Lloyds (down 2.5%), and BP (down 1.9%) are stocks that traded ex-dividend today.

The sabre rattling sent tremors throughout stock markets globally as investors responded to rising geopolitical tensions by selling off stocks and moving to traditional safe havens such as gold and United States government bonds. Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 159 points, or 0.7 percent, to 21,889.

"We experienced volume pressure from both a macro and competitive perspective that impacted our total volume performance within the quarter, and we anticipate this will carry forward for the remainder of 2017", Chief Executive Officer Ralph Scozzafava said in a statement. The producer-price index fell 0.1 percent last month, the first decrease in nearly a year.

The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 78.67 cents USA, down 0.04 of a US cent. The September copper contract was down two cents to $2.91 a pound.

Benchmark 10-year notes were last up 12/32 in price to yield 2.201 percent, from 2.242 percent late on Wednesday. Brent crude, used to price global oils, declined 23 cents to $51.67 per barrel in London.

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GLI SCENARI - Se la Corea del Nord dovesse lancia un attacco di minaccia agli Stati Uniti , la Cina dovrebbe rimanere neutrale. Rischiano di perdere la pazienza anche i coreani del Sud , che sarebbero i primi a rischiare grosso.

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